Davey’s Rule #86: A good Daddy will never lie to his boy… even by omission.
Travis Miller has a pretty solid life in the small California beach town he calls home. He’s working his way up in the district attorney’s office, he owns a home with an ocean view, and he has close ties with his family. Life is good. If only he could find a sweet boy to call his own, life would be… perfect.
Adam Nichols’ life has never been easy. Growing up in foster care taught him to be strong, so finding himself in a violent relationship was a shock. Now that he’s finally free of it, he faces new problems. He’s jobless, homeless, and terrified of starting from scratch.
With a little help from an old friend, Adam discovers a whole new world. He goes from rock bottom to renting a room from a hot assistant DA and working at Daddy’s Lap, a kink club that opens his vanilla eyes to things he’d never imagined. His new roommate is a balm to Adam’s damaged soul. The tender way Travis cares for him is almost like the Daddy kink community he’s seen at the club. But Travis isn’t a Daddy… right? If he were, surely he’d have said so.
What happens when a lie by omission threatens to bring their budding relationship tumbling down around them? Will Travis ever be able to earn Adam’s trust again?
This is the first book in a new series about not-so-perfect Daddies, adorable “boys,” and one sassy brat with an insane list of rules. Grab your fan and tissues because this series comes with both a high heat advisory and all the squishy feels you’d want from a Susan Hawke book. Possible trigger for references to domestic violence.
Okay, so I’m new to the daddy trope, but I’m definitely intrigued.
In this one, we have Adam, who when we meet him, he’s waking up from an abusive situation and knows that he has to get out or the next time he may not get a chance. Having nowhere else to go, he text his college roommate and even though it’s been a couple of years, Davey accepts him with open arms.
Davey is hilarious in a completely over the top way that I would think would get a little obnoxious, but you can’t help but love him. He has the best heart and would do anything for those he cares about, including Adam, who helps get a job at the club he works at that caters to Daddies of all types. It’s new to Adam, but he’s intrigued by it as well. Wanting to get back on his feet, he’s also introduced to Travis, a member of the club and a respected Daddy.
The thing that confused me is, Adam doesn’t know that Travis is a Daddy or that he knows anything about it, but when he admits that he heard Davey talking about him with his boss, where did he think they were talking at that he just happened to be around? The secret of Travis not telling him that he’s a Daddy is a big part of the plotline towards the end, but….how did he not know? And why was he so mad about it? Yeah, he didn’t tell him, but he had to at least see where Travis was coming from. I liked that he admitted that he was being stubborn though and everything worked out okay in the end…. Still, I was confused.
Aside from that, when Travis offered to rent Adam a room, Adam was slowly but surely getting back on his feet. He was finishing school, had a job with his best friend and was now living independently, all while learning self-defense in case he ever found himself in a similar situation with the ex…who didn’t go away as easily as I’d hoped, but he does get a little bit of karmic justice, though not near as much as I’d hoped for that either.
Overall, it’s a very cute beginning and I can’t wait to see who’s next.
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